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After new CDC guidelines, Zionsville Schools changes face mask policy

The Zionsville School Board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to make masks mandatory for all students under 12.

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. — Zionsville Community Schools is one of the first to change its masking policy after new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. 

The Zionsville School Board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to make masks mandatory for all students under 12.

It’s a change from the "mask optional policy" approved earlier this summer. 

Superintendent Dr. Scott Robison said the decision came down to the CDC recommendation, but also due to increased COVID case numbers related to the delta variant. 

According to Robinson, the goal is to keep the school year uninterrupted, which he doesn’t believe would be possible without mitigation efforts. 

“My recommendation is motivated by that singular imperative that we get in school, and we are able to stay in school,” Robinson said. 

The board meeting Wednesday was filled with parents. An overwhelming majority came arguing against the mandate. 

The Zionsville school year begins Aug. 3. 

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